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Public Interest Fellowships

Post-graduate public interest fellowships are an excellent way to begin your career in public interest law. Many fellowships are project-based, where applicants partner with a non-profit organization and apply for external funding based on a specific proposed project. Others are funded directly by the organization with which the fellow will work. The fellowship application process primarily takes place during the 2L summer and 3L year but it is important to foster relationships with potential sponsors as early as your 1L year.

If you would like periodic emails with tips, opportunities, and deadlines, email Sofia Parino at For more information about potential fellowship opportunities visit:

  • Post Graduate Public Interest Fellowships 
  • Equal Justice Works Fellowships - 2018-2020 applications are open now and due September 27, 2017
    • Find Fellowship Sponsor geographic and issue area preferences, some examples are:
      • Los Angeles - immigrants, children, healthcare, civil rights, LGBT rights, veterans, all projects
      • San Diego- Children, criminal justice reform, juvenile justice, disability rights, immigration, low-income entrepreneurship, special education, veterans, all projects
      • San Francisco/Silicon Valley/Palo Alto - Children, criminal justice reform, juvenile justice, elder care, disability rights, immigration, low-income entrepreneurship, special education, veterans, homelessness, all projects
      • San Jose - Immigrant Communities
  • Skadden Fellowships - 2018-2020 applications are now closed
  • Berkeley Law Foundation - 2018 application not yet available
  • Soros Justice Fellowship - 2018 application due December 6, 2017 (Online application system will begin accepting LOIs on October 2, 2017)
  • PSJD (formerly PSLawNet)

2018 Post-Bar Fellowship Opportunities

The lists below are just samples of the opportunities available and are only updated on a periodic basis.  You are encouraged to visit PSJD often for the latest opportunities.
Project Based Fellowships:

Many public interest organizations throughout California and the Nation are currently accepting applications for their 2018-2020 fellowship candidates.  This is the first step in a two step process.  First you apply to the organization, if you are selected, then you apply to fellowships such as EJW or Skadden with the organization. 

In-House Fellowships: